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Note to editors: the following is an extract from a speech delivered by Councillor Herron at the Mobility Indaba, today 7 October 2016 in Kenilworth.

On behalf of Transport for Cape Town and the City of Cape Town I would like to thank all of you for participating in the Mobility Indaba.

A special thanks to the Dutch Consul-General and her team for spearheading this initiative and to Wesgro and Accelerate Cape Town for your support.

We have just emerged from an extraordinary local government election which became as much about the state of our country as it was about local service delivery issues. Continue reading

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The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department today launched the new Public Art and Busking Guidelines brochure aimed at promoting public art and fostering creativity in the city. Read more below:

The launch of the new Public Art and Busking Guidelines brochure by the City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department, cements the City’s commitment to developing an enabling environment to facilitate busking and to raising awareness of the importance of busking in the performing arts environment.

The launch was attended by the newly elected Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Eddie Andrews, in partnership with The Cape Town Buskers Festival which forms part of the Cape Town Fringe.

The festival, the first of its kind in South Africa, will celebrate street performers of all kinds, including acrobats, musicians, mimes, and circus acts.

‘Public art has become an important focus for the City as it enriches communities and our environment. This all contributes to improving our quality of life. We are therefore committed to creating an enabling environment for public art, showcasing the city’s creativity and nurturing local art and artists. The promotion of public art is critical and a priority for us,’ said Councillor Andrews. Continue reading

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As the year draws to a close, Johannesburg can look back on an art renaissance anchored by a number of key exhibitions and events that have repositioned the city as an important artistic hub. One of those key exhibitions was the recent Henri Matisse|Rhythm and Meaning exhibition at the Standard Bank Gallery.

The Standard Bank Gallery’s Henri Matisse|Rhythm and Meaning exhibition closed on a successful note, having attracted more than 30 000 visitors eager to marvel at the iconic French artist’s versatility and range. The robust visitor numbers for this exhibition compare favourably with previous exhibitions of 20th-century modernists at the gallery and is exceeded only by 2006’s Pablo Picasso showcase at the Standard Bank Gallery, which drew 56 000 visitors. Continue reading

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Friday, 07 October, 5:30PM

The much anticipated car spinning show, So You Think You Can Spin will premiere on on Friday, 07 October at 5:30PM. The show will be hosted by comedian Mpho “Popps” Modikoane and car club owner, Victor Pardal.

Searching for the best in Mzansi, the pair travel to four cities to bring you top car spinners. The auditions are held in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Nelspruit and the last city will be Pretoria on Saturday, 08 October at Mahem Raceway.

Various spinners will be put to the test to show off their best tricks in wheels spinning. Viewers will be treated to riveting action with spinners drifting the car around in smoky circles. The selected finest spinners will be vying for their judge’s approval to earn the title of the best spinner in Mzansi.

“Spinning has received a major makeover in the country as it is now recognised as a registered motor sport, we are excited that viewers will get an opportunity to see ordinary people doing extra ordinary things.” said Selwyn Bouverie, Executive Producer & Managing Director of So You Think You Can Spin Continue reading

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A City-commissioned study which aims to troubleshoot the rehabilitation of the Vissershok landfill area after operations cease, is resulting in valuable insights to ensure that the rehabilitation is as successful as possible.

In 2010, authorisation was granted to extend the Vissershok landfill to provide an extra six to nine years of landfill capacity. A condition of the approval of this project was, however, that the City develop a master plan for the closure and rehabilitation of the site as a whole once landfill operations at the current site cease.

Part of this rehabilitation includes reducing the visual impact of the decommissioned landfill with landscaping and indigenous vegetation. In this regard, the City requested a study to determine what is necessary to help new plants thrive and which plant species were best suited to survival on the landfill slopes. Ultimately, it is foreseen that the site will be incorporated in to the Blaauwberg Conservation Area as a wildlife habitat. Continue reading

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Faf de Klerk and Damian de Allende were included in Springbok starting line-up to face the All Blacks in Durban on Saturday in the final Test of the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

The two personnel changes are both due to injuries – scrumhalf De Klerk comes into the starting team again as a replacement for Rudy Paige, who suffered a concussion in the victory over the Wallabies in Pretoria, while De Allende replaces Jesse Kriel, who was ruled out of action as a result of his groin injury.

In a positional change in midfield, Juan de Jongh moves from inside to outside centre, with De Allende now wearing the No 12 jersey. The two wings, Bryan Habana and Francois Hougaard, will swap jerseys for this Test.

The rest of the match-day squad was kept unchanged from the line-up that defeated the Wallabies by 18-10 last Saturday.

“Unfortunately for Rudy, he will not have completed his gradual return to play protocol by this weekend, which gives Faf another opportunity in the No 9 jersey,” said Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee. Continue reading

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Tomorrow, 7 October 2016, we will be blessed to celebrate another year which has been added to the life of our beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town and all Capetonians, I would like to wish the Arch, as we fondly know him and a freeman of our city, a very happy 85th birthday.

With each passing year, we grow increasingly grateful for his leadership, sacrifices and moral guidance. I would like to wish him years filled with good health, love and peace. While he has been battling with his health recently, we continue to carry him in our hearts and in our prayers.

Through his life, the Arch has taught us about the courage of conviction, especially in the face of opposition and oppression. He has also taught us about the power that there is in humility and the ability within each of us to take a stand against injustice.

During our dark past, when many only saw unrest and bloodshed, he kept hope alive and fought for the peace which seemed impossible. The Arch remains a local and global leading light and continues to inspire us all as an icon of moral integrity. Continue reading

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Work is underway to improve the external structural walls of 116 blocks of City of Cape Town rental stock in the Elsies River area and surrounds through waterproofing, painting and other structural stability interventions.

The blocks that are being upgraded are in the Adriaanse, Clarke Estate, Leonsdale, Belvienie, Nooitgedacht and Avon areas.

The project started in August 2016 and is earmarked for completion by the end of this year, if all goes according to plan.

Since the start, 44 blocks have been upgraded. Thus far, this project has enabled the creation of 90 local job opportunities and more are expected as the project is rolled out. The main thrust of the work being done is to improve the structural integrity of the external facades through waterproofing, painting and other structural stability interventions. Continue reading

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